NVIC’s Vaccination & Health Research Program
Program Components & Research to be Conducted
The extramural research program includes the newly established Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Health Outcomes Research Project. Proposals will be solicited from scientists across several disciplines.
NVIC’s extramural research program related to the vaccinated and unvaccinated health outcomes project will be conducted in several phases. The program is evaluating the suitability of a portfolio of human and cell-based studies. The initial phase will include solicitation of proposals for studies that are national in scope and evaluate a variety of health outcomes among fully, partly and never vaccinated American children. Future extramural work may involve prospective clinical trials and observational studies in humans and animals as well as in vitro cell-based experiments.
Intramural Program & Research Portfolio
The intramural research program includes analyses of data collected by the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) as well as analysis, synthesis and critique of published literature. These efforts are conducted by staff and scientists affiliated with NVIC.
Historically, NVIC co-founders were responsible for inclusion of vaccine safety provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. Among those safety provisions is the legal requirement for vaccine providers to report hospitalizations, injuries, deaths and other serious adverse health outcomes following vaccination to a federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).
Since 1982, NVIC has published a number of reports analyzing VAERS data. In 2005, NVIC added the MedAlerts database to its website. Between 2007 and 2010, NVIC published four special VAERS analyses on adverse events reports involving Gardasil vaccine.
NVIC’s intramural research program will include a number of ongoing analyses that are vaccine-specific, such as trend analyses of VAERS reports, and analysis of vaccine policy protocols that involve identification of potential biological high risk factors to help prevent vaccine injury and death. The intramural research program will also conduct analysis, synthesis and critique of published medical literature.